If you are looking for an English-speaking site in which to study abroad, Wales is a country rich in heritage, myth, and legend. Also known as the ‘Land of Song’ thanks to its wealth of poetry and music, Wales is steeped in Celtic culture which dates back to 500 BC when the Celts first arrived. Wales has a population of about three million people. English and Welsh are two languages spoken. Tourism is a key industry where visitors can enjoy many areas of outstanding natural beauty. One of Wales’ growing industries is the auto-component manufacturing industry, responsible for over 20,000 jobs. Agriculture, another prime industry, consumes about 80% of Welsh land. The historical region of Cardiff and Glamorgan Heritage Coast offers a combination of traditional architecture, stunning mountain views, vibrant seaside resorts, serene villages and a continually developing cosmopolitan city.
The University Of South Wales
The University of South Wales is one of the newest universities in Wales, though the institution traces its history to 1913 when it began as a mining school serving the local coal industry. The university is just a 20-minute train train from Cardiff, the capital city, and a two-hour train ride from London. The campus, located in Treforest near Pontypridd, is a busy market town which caters for all day-to-day shopping requirements. The University of South Wales is one of the UK’s top five modern universities. It is an ideal place to participate on a study abroad exchange program and enjoy student life.
The University of South Wales has eight academic schools: the Business School, School of Applied Sciences (SAPS), Law School, School of Computing, School of Humanities and Social Sciences (HASS), School of Electronics, School of Care Sciences (SoCS), and School of Technology (SoTech). The university also offers Combined Studies Program. As a WCU student on exchange to the University of South Wales, you may take a wide range of subjects to fulfill your program requirements at WCU. The university gives special support for students requiring help in various courses. There are also programs to develop your confidence in public speaking and to encourage a variety of skills relevant for employment.
Below is the link to access the courses (majors) taught at South Wales:
The University of South Wales is located on a single, self-contained campus, providing a community atmosphere in which to live and work. The university manages a range of properties, from halls of residence to flats, over half of which have en-suite facilities. In addition, there is a wide range of affordable accommodations close to the campus.
The health center is open seven days a week. Staff are always available to advise on health-related issues. Hospital facilities are available close to the campus
Information Systems Services
South Wales takes an innovative approach to the provision and management of Academic Information Systems facilities. The aim of this initiative is to provide a responsive and focused support service to customers in a modern secure environment with longer opening hours and improved efficiency and effectiveness.
Learning Resource Center
A state-of-the-art computer system is housed in a specially designed building, and includes multi-user services supporting powerful PCs in laboratory areas. Most PCs on campus are connected to local networks which allow access to the common software packages and the sharing of printers. Friendly and helpful staff are based throughout the University to help students make the most of the facilities. The Learning Resources Center (LRC) plays a key role in meeting the teaching, learning, information and research needs of the University’s students and staff.
Counseling And Advisory Center
The center offers professional, accessible and confidential services for students and staff experiencing emotional, psychological or practical problems. The Center offers three distinct services: counseling students in making career choices, helping students with disabilities and specific needs, and advisory services.
The Student Union is a natural focal point for a social atmosphere, where a range of entertainment is provided. Discos, live bands, cabaret, and even comedy shows are just some of the exciting events hosted at the university’s night club. A free and nightly minibus shuttle service from the union building ensures that students get home safely. The Union runs a self-service shop, launderette, travel center and insurance bureau. Telephones and banking services are also available.
The academic year is divided into two semesters, each fifteen weeks long. An exchange with the University of Glamorgan may be for one semester or a full year.
SEMESTER I -- Mid-September – Mid-January
SEMESTER II -- End of January – Early June
Who May Participate?
WCU undergraduate and graduate students in good academic standing may participate on study abroad programs. Undergraduate students can be in their Sophomore, Junior or Senior year of study. Graduate students especially need to discuss transfer of credits with their advisors before embarking on a study abroad program.
Financial aid is available through the WCU Financial Aid office. For exchange programs, your financial aid package includes: WCU tuition fees, room, board, as well as the cost of your airline ticket, health insurance, in-country personal expenses, passport and visa. The amount of aid given will differ with each program. In order to determine your financial aid package for the time you are studying abroad, you need to submit a current Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), and a Personal Data Sheet to the Financial Aid Office. Students are required to pass 12 credit hours of coursework each semester when studying abroad or lose their financial aid.
Transfer Of Credit
Students planning to study abroad must seek approval from their advisors for any course work to be taken abroad. The Office of International Programs and Services assists students with this process before they go abroad and when they return.